Since the elimination of award charts from Delta’s website, I’ve been saying that:
- We won’t know when the airline devalues, since we don’t have an official benchmark to compare pricing to
- It’s a step towards a revenue-based program, where awards are priced dynamically based on the cost of a ticket at any given time.
I’ve suggested that Delta may not adopt a flat rate for their miles, either, charging more or less to different types of customers or at different times.
And I’ve wondered… what about upgrades? Delta said we didn’t need charts since their website pricing had gotten so much better. But that spoke to awards and not at all to upgrades.
Now we know. Delta has introduced revenue-based upgrades where miles are used to ‘pay the difference’ between your fare and a higher class of service.
Your miles can be used to pay the difference in a Main Cabin fare and a Delta One™, First or Business Class fare for eligible flights within the U.S. 50.
Interestingly, at present the example on their website shows miles worth 1 cent apiece towards upgrades. It’s an open question whether that paltry valuation will stick over time, of course.